Forensic Anthropology Research

Specialising in skeletal and digital techniques in biological and forensic anthropology in southern Africa


The Forensic Anthropology Research Centre (FARC) at the University of Pretoria was established within the Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Health Sciences in 2008.

Currently directed by Professor Ericka L'Abbé, the centre has a research focus on human variation in modern populations, particularly South Africans, for applications in orthodontics and medico-legal investigations, namely facial approximations, presumptive identifications, patterns of decomposition and interpretations of traumatic injury to bone.

The FARC researchers also have interests in the evolutionary history of South African fossil hominins as well as education in biological anthropology and expertise development in the discipline of forensic anthropology.


Through Erasmus+ co-funded grant projects the FARC is leading research and innovation in micro-CT and 3D printing human skeletal material in southern Africa through collaboration with local and international partners.

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Teaching and learning

Classes in human osteology, paleoanthropology, and forensic anthropology are presented to undergraduate students in the BSc Medical Sciences degree.

Staff and researchers at the Forensic Anthropology Research Centre supervise students in the degrees BSc(Hons) Physical Anthropology, MSc Anatomy, and PhD Anatomy. To learn more about our ongoing research click here.



Contact information


Contact us at [email protected] for more information.


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